Many Cardiff City fans have been raving over the performance of goalkeeper Alex Smithies in their win over Stoke City on Tuesday night.
Smithies has been one of the standout shot-stoppers in the Championship this season, and made a crucial save from Sam Vokes’ penalty – which proved the turning point to allow Neil Harris’ side to go on and claim their fourth consecutive victory on the bounce.
Cardiff had initially fallen behind midway through the first-half after captain Sean Morrison turned into his own net.
However, less than 10 minutes after Smithies has wonderfully denied Vokes from 12-yards, Robert Glatzel restored parity from close-range, before Morrison atoned for his error by climbing highest to head home Joe Rall’s 76th-minute corner.
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Following their defeat at Coventry just over two weeks ago, Cardiff slipped to 18th in the Championship standings, and Harris’ days as Bluebirds manager appeared limited, but 12 points from four matches has seen the South Wales outfit climb nine places to 9th.
Here, we’ve been looking at how Cardiff supporters have been reacting to Smithies penalty save and general display at the Bet365 Stadium.
Check the best responses on Twitter below:
Big win that is for us! Great save by Smithies to keep us in the game. Mozza finishing strong after a rough start. Glatzel being the game changer when he came on. Really impressed with how we adapted to get back into the game.
— Alex Evans 🏴 (@Its_Alex_CCFC) December 8, 2020
— millie power🏴 (@MillieCcfc) December 8, 2020
Alex Smithies post game interview pic.twitter.com/5K0mFl6HbV
— Glatxel (@CCFC_Glatxel) December 8, 2020
Yeah Morrison had a very eventful night. Tell me a better keeper in the championship than smithies too !!!!
— Glennerboy (@glennerboy) December 8, 2020
Also Smithies with the penalty save totally changed the momentum of the game! You little ripper!
— Jack Cornock (@JLCornock94) December 8, 2020
Stoke can’t even do it on a wet tuesday night in stoke😎great come back,smithies penalty save was the spark we needed 💪
— 🅽🅴🅳 🏴🐑 (@ned1927) December 8, 2020
Smithies penalty save changed the game 👏👏👏
— justanother bluebird (@just_a_bluebird) December 8, 2020
It’s just appalling from Cardiff to be honest.
So much time and space yet Morrison, Nelson and Bennett all panic. Thank god for Smithies.
They need a bollocking
— Ninian Opinion (@NinianOpinion) December 8, 2020
We really take Alex Smithies for granted. Outstanding keeper.
— 𓆏 (@GasteIum) December 9, 2020